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My last picture from Afghanistan in 1973, and my last picture of any kind for a while. I am going on a journey in a couple of days and will be back in a few weeks.

This is from the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan on a market day. The city - not very large in those days - was packed with people (including occasional women wearing burqas) busy selling, buying, haggling, eating, drinking tea, chatting and just having a good time. I was overwhelmed by the photo opportunities. In a workshop you will see one of those few women making her purchases in the textile street.

In recent years Kunduz hit the headlines of world media when in 2001 hundreds of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters who had gathered here at the fall of the Taliban regime surrendered to the troops of the Northern Alliance, after which most of them were slaughtered.

Both pictures were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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